If patience is a virtue, then I guess I’m not very virtuous.
I finished my first book about five years ago and thought I was something special. I mean really, how many people do you know personally that have written a full-length novel? Not very many I would suspect. It was an accomplishment I never expected and one I certainly didn’t expect to duplicate.
I was proud and not ashamed to admit it.
Then came the process of getting an agent. It seemed to take forever to finish the book. I had no idea how difficult that task would be. I sent query after query expecting someone to jump at my work. Naive, yes…but that’s just who I am. I’m a doer. I do things. I work and write and expect that by doing I’ll get results. That’s what doers do and how doers think.
What I couldn’t comprehend or appreciate was the waiting. I had to wait for the agents to respond. I had to wait for each letter to get back with the rejection that always came with it. Then I would send again and wait some more.
Now that I have an agent, guess what I have to do? Wait! I have to wait till her readers each read and finish my book. I have to wait for the next one to do the same. I have to wait for the editor to get started and have to wait for him to finish his work. And that’s where I am. Review the suggested changes and then wait some more.
But here’s what I’m learning about all this waiting. You can’t do anything about it. The book industry moves at a snails pace so you are going to wait. There’s nothing you can do about it.
The issue at hand is what do you do when you are waiting? The time can be a void or you can fill it with something productive. That’s what I suggest. Be productive. You can’t speed up the process, but you can have more for them to work on once they are finished with your first piece of work. Give them a reason to bump you to the head of the class once they are finished with the first project. Whatever you do, stay productive. Everyday, make sure you have something more available. In time you’ll complain that you don’t have enough time to keep up.